President Salva Kiir’s term has today been unanimously extended for three more years by the South Sudan MPs against the US government, which recently said it will not recognize the extension. The legislators have cited the need to avoid power vacuum behind their action.
"The transitional constitution amendment bill number five for the year 2018 is hereby passed by the national legislature," said Speaker Anthony Lino Makana after legislators voted to pass the bill which must now be signed into law by Kiir.
President Kiir’s term is due to end next month according to a 2015 peace agreement signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
This development that is likely to affect the third peace deal between President Kiir and his Vice President turned rebel leader Riek Machar mediated by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
Kiir is expected to sign the bill that will allow him rule until 2021 the youngest African nation that has hosted civil war for more than four years leaving many South Sudanese people displaced and living as refuges in the region.
South Sudan MPs on Thursday voted unanimously to approve the extension of President Salva Kiir's term for three more years.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011